CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Catholic has the early lead in the Wells Fargo Cup’s fall standings, which were announced by the NCHSAA on Jan. 16.
The Wells Fargo Cup award, sponsored by Wells Fargo and the NCHSAA, recognizes the schools that achieve the best overall athletic performance within each of the state’s four classifications and within their individual conferences. Wells Fargo, and before Wachovia, has sponsored the conference awards program since 1980.
In most conferences, points are awarded based on participation and standings in conference play. Each conference determines its own method of awarding points.
In the Southern Carolinas, Charlotte Catholic sits atop the standings with Weddington and Marvin Ridge on their heels and Cuthbertson staying within shouting distance.
The Cougars are coming off state and conference championships in girls tennis and football and a conference crown in boys soccer to stake their claim to first.
The Warriors got conference titles in boys and girls cross country while the Weddington boys went on to the state title. Although the Warriors won a state football title, they finished second to Catholic in the conference standings.
Marvin Ridge won a state and conference title in volleyball and a conference crown in girls golf and Cuthbertson won a girls cross country state title and took the conference crown as well.
The Southern Carolinas standings are: Charlotte Catholic (310), Weddington (295), Marvin Ridge (295), Cuthbertson (265), Piedmont (170), Parkwood (145), Sun Valley (162.5) and Monroe (122).
In the 4A standings, Porter Ridge is more than holding its own in the Southwestern 4A as the Pirates currently sit third, keeping heat on leader Myers Park, who won conference titles in boys and girls cross country titles and earned the Southwestern 4A girls tennis title while the Mustangs were also second in the conference in football, boys soccer and girls golf.
The Pirates placed second in girls tennis and third in boys soccer to strengthen their case.
The Southwestern 4A standings were Myers Park (52), Hickory Ridge (43.5), Porter Ridge (40.5), Independence (31), Butler (30.5), East Mecklenburg (20.5), Garinger (eight) and Rocky River (eight).
In the PAC 7 1A standings, Union Academy is currently in fourth place, but very much within striking distance of conference leader Community School of Davidson, who took the lead with conference crowns in boys soccer and cross country along with second-place finishes in girls cross country, volleyball and football.
The PAC 7 standings are Community School of Davidson (61), Pine Lake Prep (58), Mountain Island Charter (55), Union Academy (49), Queens Grant (36), Bradford Prep (35), Langtree Charter (32) and Carolina International (21).
In the Rocky River 2A, CATA is in third place in a very spread out division.
This fall, the Cougars won the boys cross country championship and earned a second-place finish in girls cross country to get them within reach of conference leader West Stanly, who won the girls cross country championship and earned first-place ties in the standings in girls tennis and second-place finishes in football, volleyball and boys cross country.
Forest Hills is fifth of six teams, but by no means out of it.
The Rocky River 2A standings are West Stanly (30.5), Mount Pleasant (25.5), CATA (20.5), East Montgomery (20.5), Forest Hills (17) and Anson County (10).